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view of president obama's eight years in office. he national journal has a headline recently -- does obama's credibility matter? jimmy carter is the headline there. t quotes frank newport gallup polling's editor and chief on the difference between approval ratings and trustworthiness traitings. approval ratings go up and down. asic faith in a person is more precious and a more fundamental judgment about a president. it's hard toe that, get back. where does a president stand on of trustworthiness. is that a bigger problem now than job approval? i think so. first of all, this is a his dent from the start of administration made honesty and transparency and trustworthiness a central part of his brand, of his politics. e contrasted himself with the previous administration, the weapons of mass destruction in appear.t did not he said he wasn't going to be that kind of president, he feels going to be honest. when his approval ratings were low, his marks for honesty and ss and personal likability were very high. and that helped to buoy him his overall when low.oval rating was the recent this
cabinet secretaries and senior staff move on. moving on to the longer view of president obama's eight years in office, "the national journal" has a recent headline. quotes the gallup news editor about approval ratings. where does the president stand on this issue of trustworthiness, and if that is a bigger problem than job approval right now? the start of his administration, this president made transparency and trustworthiness an essential part of his brand. he contrasted himself from the previous administration, weapons iraq thatstruction in did not appear. he said he was not going to be that kind of president, that he would be honest. his approval ratings were low, his trustworthiness was high, and that buoyed him in times when approval ratings were low. this year, because of things like you could keep your insurance plan, the nsa taken a hugeit has blow and has been hard to get back. without credibility, you have a hard time selling a plan that the iran nuclear freeze to a skeptical congress and to an increasingly skeptical congress. whites what worries the house more than others.
for one-year obama cares employer mandate, instructing states they are free to ignore the clear language regarding which existing health care plans may be grandfathered in promulgating an iris world that allows for distribution of billions of dollars in obamacare subsidies that congress never authorized. the house has acted to validate retroactively so that the president of the golub omnicare modifications. however, rather than embrace these legislative fixes, the president's response has been to threaten to veto the house passed measures. the president's far-reaching claims of executive power if left unchecked will test the president was brought domestic policy authority that the constitution does not grant him. those in the president political party has been largely silenced in this dangerous expansion of executive power. what they say they president effectively repealed the environmental laws by refusing to sue polluters or the labor laws, by refusing to fine violators? what if they president wanted tax cuts that a president would not enact? to the instrument the irs to decline to enf
and who's job it was to lobby with congress and i met with somebody from the obama administration exactly twice in three years and i do think it is the president's duty to engage. i have a question on that, but i'm out of time. i do think there's a disappointed with the president not being engaged. >> they are concerned about the executive power. when the executive is a republican. >> each party needs to care about these issues a lot more when they are owned, someone from their own party occupies the white house. >> my time is expired. i will give it back to you or your. >> thto. >> the chair will recognize the gentleman from tennessee. >> i have missed some of this hearing although i caught some of it on the magic of video television. i was interested in the gentleman that mentioned the possibility of impeachment. is that accurate? >> i can't remember if i brought that up. >> what context would you have brought that up? spit in response to a question. i'm not sure if i did or -- >> can someone on the panel refresh his memory? >> i think i brought up a constitutional amendment convention.
, president obama made a statement several years ago and said that the most likely scenario, and i quote that we would have to guard against the lone wolf operation rather than a well coordinated terrorist attack. the number on the agenda, but today obviously the top security concern is the iran nuclear constraint and the geneva deal and we would have to focus attention on this issue as well. the question arises whether there is a connection between the levels and the weapons of mass distraction, and we are going to discuss that also today. now, again, academically, as indicated, we try to fashion many of the issues which relate also to the lone wolf. today, it happens that this is the anniversary of the assassination of jfk, and in fact exactly 50 years ago the state funeral took place. i am mentioning this because even the assassination of jfk is a big question in terms of the involvement of dealing with a lone wolf or maybe a member of some sort of a conspiracy. but we also mentioned that today, the month of november we have to remember some other effects which relate to the lone wolf
the obama administration exactly twice in three years. i do think it is the president's duty to engage. i had a question on that but i am out of time. i do think there is a disappointment with the president not being engaged. >> republicans are concerned about executive power when the executive is up to. democrats are concerned about abuses when the executive is a republican. they need to care about issues lot more when someone from their own party occupies the white house and not just someone from the opposite party. >> i will give it back to you. >> thank you. i have missed some of this hearing and i caught some of it on the magic of video, television. joan --terested, the gentlemen had mentioned the possibility of impeachment or impeachable offenses. is that accurate? >> i cannot remember if i brought that up. i may have. >> in what context did you bring that up question mark >> in response to a question. i am not sure if i did or someone else. >> can anybody on the panel refreshes memory? >> i brought up the constitutional amendment convention. i do not think i brought up impeachment.
was the energy secretary for the first four years of the obama administration. a nobel prize winning physicist. a brilliant guy. and the opening ante-dote of the story basically shows how the aid to president obama considered him literally a political aid yacht. and they wouldn't let him talk on the expertise about climate change. they were so concerned about how disruptive he would be. their messaging and i think that's the tensioning inherit in the conflict we're seeing playing out over health care right now. at the end of the piece we get in a little bit to the tremendous vail of kathleen who had several years of quiet service as a secretary of health and human services now under fire many calls for her to resign as a result of the botched rollout of obamacare. i think you have to look at what was the message she was getting from the white house as this website was being played out. was she empowered to do that. tom daschle was going to be the secretary of health and human services. glen reports in the piece, he wa
agreement signed a year to have to a year and half ago. was there discussion today with president obama on how that's going and whether anything should change with the? >> yes. we came to the conclusion that it's working quite well. the u.s. is exporting more to colombia and vice versa. there are specific issues where we have mutual, not complaints but mutual efforts and obstacles to overcome. they mentioned something with the labor, some issues with the labor situation in colombia. we addressed those issues very clearly on what we are doing their. i wanted the u.s. to be more helpful in lifting obstacles that would allow us our example to export our avocados to the u.s.. i was given in the white house a delicious salad and the first plate in the lunch and there was an avocado. i said this is not a colombian avocado because we have restrictions. we need those restrictions to be lifted. those types of items are the ones that we shared but in general we are very happy with the way it is performing performing. >> there has been concern about the protection of workers under the free trade a
dean of the law school there. in 2009, president obama nominated her for solicitor general of the united states and she served in that office for a year and was then nominated as an associate justice of the supreme court. she took that position in 2010 and filled the vacancy of justice john paul stevens who, after his retirement, was our last lecturer here at the law school. those are the vital statistics. i want to tell you something personal about her and i brought this along so i could read it. this year in "time," she was named as one of their 100 most influential people in the world. i want to read to you what they had to say about our speaker today. "elena kagan the persuader. a lot of people like to talk about the swing court but every supreme court justice has one vote to cast and eight colleagues. what makes a justice particularly influential is the ability to persuade the others to agree and that depends on the effectiveness of the justices reasoning. in that respect, elena kagan has what it takes to be a highly influential supreme court justice. she has demonstra
on the volcker rule and how to implement it. ♪ the house is set to vote on a 10 year extension on a law next weekt to expire on detecting guns through metal detectors. president obama will address the nation with the status of health care.gov. and the washington post is reporting that the senate is confident they can pass the farm bill. washingtong to journal, december 3, 2013. you have heard about the amazon
] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> president obama said the fight with hiv/aids is far from over. he spoke after world aids day, observed each year on december 1st. the president was joined by secretary of state john kerry and health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. the event was 40 minutes. [applause] >> hello. [applause] thank you, thank you, thank you, everybody, please, have a seat, well, thank you, grant, for your outstanding leadership of the office of national aids policy and thanks to all of you for being here. this is a pretty distinguished crowd, i have to say. it is wonderful to be here. i should say, actually, welcome back, because many 6 you joined us before as we mark new milestones in the fight against hiv and aids, and i'm honored that you could join us in commemorating world aids day, which was yesterday. this is a time for remembering the friends and loved ones that we lost, celebrating the extraordinary progress, thanks to people in the room that we've been able to make, and most importantly, recommitting ourselves to the mission that we share, which is achieving an aids-free generation. i e
it if you try. it sounds a little corny but that is what the american dream is all about. president obama told the country in his state of the union is -- this year that it is our generation's task to unite the -- to create a rising thriving middle class. i could not agree more. the country has been through a lot and i'm grateful that we have a president who in every decision he has faced on the foughtbattles, long battles, and even that she has focused on expanding opportunity for all americans and i think it is in part because he is thinking of the kids i need that fair shot to ensure that they reach their potential. he knows we're all better off when they do. and for that i am very grateful as well. great privilege to introduce to you the president of the united states. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you, everybody. thank you so much. please, please have a seat. thank you so much. well, thank you, neera, for the wonderful introduction and sharing a story that resonated with me. there were a lot of parallels in my life and probably resonated with some of you. over the past 10
to nowhere, a road that we've been on, stuck on for 30 years? remember in june in 2009, president obama offered the iranians a new beginning based on mutual respects, based on mutual interests, and that laid behind the grievances of the past. that approach, unfortunately, caught the iranians off guard you.because what he had done wao discredit decades of anti-american rhetoric, a staple of the diet to tehran. how does one thing as an enemy someone who sins you creating, who quotes the poet, and he speaks of mutual respect? something that the iranians have always said they wanted. the response to the president's outreach and offer was to say the least disappointing. it was as though the iranians saw him not as an enemy, but as something more dangerous, as a rival. the word they used was -- now, as our iranian friends know it means co-wife. [laughter] something more dangerous, more attractive and younger. and, therefore, something you fear more than the enemy. now, it's been five years since that original outreach. and, finally, these efforts, it looks like these efforts are getting a res
to be heard, it needs to be informing the debate. in my experience in the three years that i served in, with president obama, this is a president who has no problem hearing dissenting views. in fact, you know, woe be to the person who's scowling in the back row. you will be called on and asked if you have -- [laughter] a dissenting view if you look like you have one. so, i mean, this is a president who seeks out the full range of views because he believes he makes better decisions that way. so, again, i think that, um, you know, dod has an important voice in those deliberations. i don't know anyone who believes that it should be the dominant voice under any circumstances, including me. >> a two-part question for phil and, michelle, feel free to join in. just to follow up on your point about expanding, not contracting the u.s. global basing structure, the strategic logic to that is very compelling. but talk a little bit about the poll ticks and policy -- politics and policy dimensions of that. obviously, africom does not have a headquarters in africa because it's hard to find a stable d
this evening at the white house christmas tree lighting, president obama had a few words to say about the former south african leader. >> this year, we give a special measure of gratitude firm nelson mandela, a man that championed that generosity of spirit. in his life, he left us with tremendous grace and unbelievable courage. we are all privileged to live in a world touched by his goodness. >> former secretary of state every clinton receiving the 2013 human rights award at an event on capitol hill. also speaking at the event, madeleine albright who served under bill clinton. they talked about the recent passing of former south african president nelson mandela. this is 25 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much. please. thank you. thank you for your kind words and thank you to all of you. i am thrilled to be here. here to celebrate those that dedicated their lives to the human rights movement and we would be remiss if we did not toak as a little while ago honor the passing of one of the movement's greatest heroes. ansident mandela was activist, a prisoner of conscience and a polit
was a member of the inter-american dialogue for many years. i was covice chairman. had an interesting visit to the white house and president obama. i appeared as his guest on the official visit. i went out oai and sphoact general asemibelie there and the ambassadors in earlier guests that they had invited by then went to speak with the head of the democratic party of the house nancy pelosi, and a few of the members of the house of the democratic party. then i went to speak with speaker boehner and a few of the republicans in the house. with whom i've been working for many years. not only as president but also as former minister. now i'm here. and last night i had a dinner with the center for american progress. members of that think tank. and i'm having dinner tonight with the counsel they invited me to address them. what has been the main messages trying to convey to the u.s. officials and the u.s. public first thank the u.s. government in both parties for the help they have given us since we started collaborating with colombia. i was telling them yesterday that the president of university
,ly she was involved in especially in her early years. >> what our program on first ford at our website, c-span.org. span.t saturday on c- mondayies continues live as the look at first lady roselyn carter. next, the house judiciary committee examines president obama's use of executive powers. a panel of legal scholars testified about the white house decision to delay the employer lawate in the health care and about the enforcement of immigration rules. this hearing is over three hours. >> the judiciary committee will come to order. the chair is authorized to declare recess of the committee at any time. the chair welcomes the members of the audience who are here, member who disrupts this meeting will be removed. presently, we do not have order in the hearing room. members of the audience must behave in an orderly fashion or else they will be removed from the hearing room. rule 11 provides the chairman of to punish by censure and exclusion from this hearing. if there are members here who wish to remain, they should sit or leave theely room immediately or they will be escorted from the room.
know, it sounds a little corn any. that is what the american dream is about. president obama told the country in his state of the union this year it is our generation's task to reignite the true engine in america's economic growth. a rising, thriving middle class. i cannot agree more. the country has been through a lot. but i'm grateful that we have a president who, in every decision he's faced, on the budget battle, long fought battles, economic growth policies, and even health care he has been focused on expanding opportunity for all americans. and i think it's in part because he's thinking of the kids who need that fair shot to ensure they reach their potential. he knows we're all better off when they do. and for that, i'm very grateful as well. ladies and gentlemen, it is my great, great privilege to introduce to you, the president of the united states. ♪ [cheering and applause] ♪ [cheering and applause] >> thank you! thank you! thank you, everybody. thank you so much. thank you! thank you, everybody. please, please, have a seat. thank you so much. well, thank you, neera f
the american dream is about. president obama told the country in his state of the union this year, it is our generation's trueto ignite the engine of america's economic growth -- a rising, thriving middle class. i cannot agree more. been through a lot. i'm grateful we have a president battles,the budget economic growth policies, and even health care -- he has been focused on expanding opportunities for all americans. i think it is in part because he is thinking of the kids that need that fair shot to ensure they reach their potential, because he knows we are all better off when they do. for that, i am very grateful as well. ladies and gentle men, it is my great, great privilege to introduce to you the president of the united states. chief" playing] [applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you, everybody. thank you so much. please, please have a seat. thank you so much. well, thank you, neera, for the wonderful introduction and sharing a story that resonated with me. there were a lot of parallels in my life and probably resonated with some of you. over the past 10 years, the center for ameri
to the trip, and why i was very excited in the summer when president obama spoke so eloquently and so comprehensively about the urgency to act on climate change, when he spoke at georgetown university. it was a speech that i had been hoping for, a president for many years, and i was so proud that it was our president. he showed enormous courage and enormous strength, as well as, he challenged us all to not just acknowledge the science of climate change, to understand that it is real and happening, but to also charge the cabinet to take immediate action. call me biased, but i believe it was his best speeches so far, although he is not done yet, i'm quite sure. he walked through his climate action plan as well, which outlined some common sense, pragmatic steps that the epa and other agencies across the administration are now taking to cut carbon pollution, invest in clean energy, to help our cities and towns build in more resilient ways so that they can add depth to a changing climate and keep our communities safe, but also to prepare to be a broader and more vocal leader on the issue o
. do you think medicare advantage may be obama cares next victim? what might beneficiaries in pennsylvania expect over the coming years in terms of plan choices, cost, benefit offerings, and provider debt works -- networks. >> i am concerned about the future of medicare advantage. thework we have done on applications of aca cuts, for example, in pennsylvania, in 2014 there would be an average loss of benefits of about 22 hundred dollars. there is a 90% reduction in benefits. we will see a decline in the medicare advantage to about 113,000 in sylvania is. are of concern. i am more troubled by the trajectory of the succeeding five years and the full cuts under the affordable care act. as to whether medicare banish for maine a viable option, and deliver the comprehensive benefits. i want to echo the statements that we heard in the opening remarks. the medicare population is so different than when medicare was originating. it is not population has multiple chronic conditions. it requires a coordinated approach to care. that is the route to better health and financial futures fo
towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him at peace. president obama saying i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from the life of nelson mandela. nelson mandela died today in south africa at 95. he spent 27 years in prison of a convicted i trees and by the white minority government, until the peaceful end of white rule in 1990. he was elected president in 1994. next up am a we will show you his inauguration speech from 1994. [applause] >> it is my great pleasure to announce the president of the south africa, mr. nelson mandela. [applause] >> your majesties, your royal highnesses, distinguished guests, comrades, and friends, today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. our daily deeds as ordinary south africans must produce an actual south african reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, stre
and their families have received insurance cancellation notices. do you think medicare advantage maybe obama cares next victim? and if so, what might beneficiaries in pennsylvania expect over the coming years in terms of plan choices, costs, forgone benefit offerings and provider networks? >> thank you, mr. chairman. indeed, i am concerned about the future of medicare advantage. as i said in my opening statement. the work we've done on the implications of aca cuts, for example, in pennsylvania would suggest that in 2014 there would be an average loss of benefit, beneficiary of about $2200, that this is about a 19% reduction in those benefits. and that we would see a decline in -- about 113,000 pennsylvanians. those numbers for 2014 are of concern, but i am more troubled by the trajectory over the succeeding five years of the full cuts under the affordable care act as to whether medicare advantage will remain a viable option within the medicare program and deliver the comprehensive benefits. i just want to echo the statements that we heard in many of the opening remarks. the medicare population is
to president obama's vision and the statutes and 10. the rule now before regulators for -- intent. the rule now before regulators is the result of years of effort. it limits risky proprietary trading while protect inessential economic activities like market making such as selling bonds for mutual funds. it prohibits risky trading that's like the london whale and puts in place strong compliance to make sure that the tone at the top sends the right signal to the whole firm. now, in order to make sure that taxpayers are truly protected, it is critical to have an effective resolution process so that individual family firms do not jeopardize the entire system or taxpayers at risk. dodd frank prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to bail out any taxpaying -- any financial firm. financial crisis, a canon will use the tools the law provides. -- it can and will use the tool the law provides. regulators will require firms to rework their plans if they are not credible. if firms are not able to provide a credible plan, regulators will propose remedies including requiring firms to realign their businesses.
. that weased to note have achieved much of this because president obama was determined to set a higher standard. he sort of glossed over it in his own comments. that was a very significant commitment. on world aids day two years ago, he challenged us to reach 6 million more people with life- saving treatment. hivrovide 1.5 alien positive pregnant women with treatment for their own health, mento prevent -- to provide with services for hiv prevention. these targets have pushed us to go further. forgemore innovative, to new partnerships, including with many in this room. result, you all are now reaching more people and more lives are being saved than ever before. now, to meet the challenge of the second decade, we will emphasize this. we have to transform america's role. example ofclearer the transformation that we need to realize that south africa, ibia,a, and nvidia -- nam all you have to do is look at the country health partnerships. these are a model for how they are transitioning to providing direct aid and delivering support for locally run and self-sustaining efforts. this is a vital effort
acting deputy secretary of defense. i recommended christine to present obama because i felt we needed the continuity to continue with some of the most defining challenges that we had been facing and will continue to face in this department over a number of years. and you know what those are. it's budget, sequestration. we're finishing up qdr. review. and how all that impacts strategic interest and focus and where we go from here. she brings the continuity. she brings the expertise, the leadership. she has relationships. she is highly respected in the congress, in the white house, and certainly around here. so i want to acknowledge her coming over to give us some of her time. she thought a few months ago she was going to escape. she didn't. she will be an important part of how we go forward here the next few months, and have great confidence in her, and look forward to working with her again. i just spent some time with her this one as we laid out kind of the next steps year for the next few weeks. i also want to take an opportunity to thank ash carter. we had a going away ceremony on
were spending more each year and getting less. our economy suffered, families suffered, and all of it was unnecessary. as president obama has said, fighting to deliver quality, affordable health insurance and the security that comes with it to every american is paramount. this is about making sure that everyone in the united states gets a fair shake, and it's about the economic imperative as we continue to rebuild our economy and build a better bargain for the middle class. that's what the affordable care act does, by using touchtone american values of transparency and competition to improve health care protection, and affordability to those americans who already have insurance, and to provide new affordable care options for consumers who either don't have it or want to switch their insurance. we finally put in place real solutions that have been at work for generations, and we will continue for generations to come. now, reform and our health care system is not an easy task. i don't need to tell anybody in the room this or anyone who's read the newspapers the last few months. i
hispanic voters, latino voters, were very angry with obama. he made it a specific promise on immigration. he was going to get it done in the first year and he didn't. latino voters were very disillusioned, brokenhearted. you know that for latinos our word is our bond. word of honor. he broke it. you can't gloss over the. i think a lot of latino voters were ready to run away from obama, but we didn't give them anywhere to run to. where were they going to run to? the guy who was espousing self deportation? the guy who was hanging out with the author of the arizona law? a guy who was -- you know, really not making any effort to win hispanic -- if you look at the romney campaign and that almost, like i stopped wanting to talk about the romney campaign because after all i had electroshock therapy. i've tried to forget it. [laughter] but it almost seemed to me that they made a calculation that they could get a very low, they could get 30%, 29% of the hispanic vote and still win if they got enough of the base vote for the white vote. that just turned -- so they pretty much ignored the hispanic
a tough volcker rule that i expect to be true to president obama's vision and the statutes intend. the rule now before regulators for a vote is a product of much intensive work and analysis and needless to say, years of effort. it prohibits risky proprietary trading while protecting economically essential activities like market making such as when a firm facilities selling bonds for a mutual fund. the rule prohibits risky trading that's like the london whale, and puts in place strong compliance requirements that require those in charge of financial institutions to make sure that the tone at the top sends the right signal to the whole firm. now, in order to make sure that taxpayers are truly protected, it is critical to have an effective resolution process so that individual firms did not jeopardize an entire financial system or leave taxpayers at risk. dodd-frank cribbage the use of taxpayer dollars to bail in any financial firms. in ending too big to fail requires that any future crises we can and will use the tools the law provides. the largest financial companies have already s
are learning that president obama and first lady michelle obama will travel to south africa next week to attend memorial event. former secretary of state madeleine albright spoke earlier. she paid tribute to former california congressman tom lantos and hillary clinton looking at her years of service. >> thank you very much. thank you to mica for your kind wonders and good morning. thank you to all of you. i am thrilled to be here. we're here to celebrate those who dedicated their lives to the human rights movement and we would be remised if we did not speak as to mica did to honor the passing of one of the movement's greatest heroes, nelson mandela. president mandela was a activist, political leader, a statesman and he was above all a teacher. he taught us that the power of forgiveness is greater áhan the power of hate and the differences of race and nationality matter less than our shared humanity. his presence on this earth will be sorely missed but his lessons will endure in the hearts of millions. this has in fact, become a very special event as part of what tom talked about an awful lot.
. the framers were students of history, james madison. 150 years before they took a pen and wrote out this clause there was a fight with james i about what was called royal prerogative. very similar to what president obama is claiming, the right of the game to essentially stand above the law to reform the law to the kings views. i'm not saying that president obama is a monarch but that was the issue that gave the impetus to this clause, in my view. the language did not change very much. later, people like benjamin -- the dispensing power of the president. he wrote a very good paper about when the president can refuse to enforce laws. he basically said he could only be done -- they could only be done when there's intrusion upon executive power. by the way, that's was involved in the myers case we talked about, referred to earlier. or if it was clearly unconstitutional, and that second issue, established had to be very, very clear so the president does not exercise that authority. this is a i would respond. we don't have to hyperventilate to look any problem and take it is not about who
'll leave it with you. how can anybody be opposed to this? the money won't go back to my president obama's friends. it will go to the consumer. t will lower the opportunity costs that hold new and old businesses back and cost detroit billions of dollars a year. if we use numbers from a similar maryland, i estimate storing the storm water that every city ought to do is saving $12.2 million. it will pay for police and fire protection. other things you want in your city. we want people to move to detroit from around the country and around the world. we want to allow immigration to our company where people have capital. people are going to canada because the income tax is 15%. great is getting a lot of entrepreneurs around the world, we're losing them. why? corporate income tax here is 35%. economic enterprise zones would $50,000. the visas with let them come to our country. detroit doesn't need a handout. jobbing now yanet a handout. just look at your history of innovation, look at the proud history of detroit. produced nry ford who a car that assembly line men and he reduced the work week.
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